Scientists in England have done something that makes all the science fiction you’ve ever watched or read seem suddenly plausible. They’ve taken brain cells (neurons) from the brain of a rat, and put them in a bell jar. Creepy enough already, but just wait. They also made a little robot, with sensors that “speak” to the rat’s brain via bluetooth. The data the sensors collect is transmitted to the actual brain. In the bell jar. Then, the brain (in the bell jar) sends commands back to the robot’s wheels. Yes. In this way, the disembodied rat brain actually learns, and, using its robot body, figures out how to avoid walls and scamper about like a normal rat. The most amazing part? Since the brain cells only live for about 3 months, they’ve used several different rats. And guess what? The robot behaved differently with every change. This is a real, live, rat cyborg. Now you’ve officially seen everything (let’s hope!) Watch the video, it’s totally creepy and amazing.
This fascinating video may challenge your ideas about intelligence. It’s called “Battle of the Brains” and explores the different types of intelligence that can be found in different people. There are 7 people in the challenge: a fighter pilot, a dramatist, a quantum physicist, an artist, a chess grandmaster, a musical prodigy and a Wall Street trader. Who comes out on top? Start with the link below and enjoy the drama of “Battle of the Brains”!
Anytime a great new idea comes on the scene, it is inevitably followed by a herd of experts all claiming that they have the best resource for you. But how can you tell which one is telling the truth?
Brain training is no exception to this principle. It’s new, it’s exciting and it is yielding amazing results in people with learning struggles. There are lots of new brain training resources popping up every day, and their claims are not always consistent, or easy to understand. When it comes to your child’s future, you need a clear answer. So what do you do? Here are five tips that we hope will help you decide which resources to pay attention to and which to take with a grain of salt.
Tip #1: Investigate. Search for information. Check out the reputation of the resource in question. Anyone can make a program sound great with clever marketing copy. But real results are hard to fake. So, take into account the background and credentials of the company. Call the company and ask to be connected with real people who have been helped by their program. Search around to find out whether your resource is credible.
How did you find us? Would you like to help other parents find us too? Which images or messages will do the job? We are always trying to figure out ways to create materials that will appeal to the people that need our help. It goes way beyond selling – it’s about getting through the noise so the people who need us can hear the clear message: brain training will help your child learn.
If you are a parent of a graduate (or any parent interested in helping kids learn better) we could really use your help right now. It’s time to choose a new LearningRx magazine that will reach thousands of parents’ eyes, and we need your input. There was a time when you were looking for answers for your child, and something we produced caught your eye. Now, other parents are in the same position. We need you to tell us what you think will catch their eye, so they (and their child) can get help and get smarter!
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For years, moms have been making their kids take summertime piano lessons. Not surprisingly, moms know best: it turns out those piano lessons may have helped you more than you realize. Over the summer, students typically lose over 22% of what they learned the previous year. They call it “summer slide” and Kim Bellini, director of the LearningRx center in The Woodlands, Texas, has seen it firsthand.
In a recent article, Bellini says “Speaking from my experience as a teacher, we typically spend the first six to eight weeks of the school year helping students relearn what they forgot over the summer. It’s just like working out muscles – you have to keep your brain trained.”
So, how can we keep kids’ brains in shape and avoid summer slide? Here’s one way that might surprise you.
Summer Slide – A Smart (and Musical) Idea